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Improvement: David Holmes

We’re going to start posting notification of improvements and this is a great one to start with, and make sure to send in your own stories of improvement too.   Wayne,   Just wanted to let you know I just made it though 1st stage of Web.com Q school in Atlanta, GA. I shot -7 for the week and hit the ball substantially better than I have all season. There is still a good bit of room for improvement to be made in my swing, but I really like where we are headed with everything. I had a consistent miss/ball flight pattern and I had no penalty shots or errant drives for the whole week. My short game sunk a […]

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Playing for Money: Joey Latowski

I think you will find this an interesting lesson as you watch the unique shaft progression in Joey’s swing. He starts a bit on his heels, and then moves much deeper into the heels by rocking backwards at the start of the takeaway. This leads to a radically laid off position at the top, and he is left with steepening the downswing immediately from the top. This movement leaves his right upper arm well behind his side, and as a result he can’t really get his hands far enough in front of the ball to deliver a blow with enough forward lean. The following email came to me after Joey received the lesson, and I follow that with my response. […]

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Online Students: Tim Gash

Hello Wayne,   My name is Tim Gash. I’ve just started playing golf again after a 7 year layoff (medical training). I have a fair bit of downtime and am looking to rekindle my game. When I was younger I was a scratch player, now I’m playing to about a 6 handicap (8 rounds of golf since writing my licensing exam this fall). I’m struggling off the tee with some blocks and some terrible snap hooks. I’ve got a long winter ahead to make some changes and I want to regain my form and become a more consistent driver of the ball.   My current carry yardages are Driver 290; 5 iron 190   What I’ve been working on is […]

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Pro Tip of the Week: The Golf Swing Is Like A Sidearm Throwing Motion

This Pro Tip of the Week is about how a golf swing is like a sidearm throwing motion. Darren O’Day, Ben Hogan and images from Hogan’s book “Five Lessons” help me show you the technique.   The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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When Last Is Not So Bad

My wife was worried. I had just finished my two rounds at the Booz-Allen Classic, the PGA Tour event that used to be held at Congressional Country Club, and she asked my friend and caddy for the week Mark Diamond what she should say if someone asked her about my finish in the tournament. “Tell them he did just fine”, Mark told her. When Mark related the conversation to me I concurred with his answer, even though I had finished dead last in the field of 156 (actually, to be fair, 4 guys withdrew after starting, so it was really 152), with scores of 79 and 73 for a total of 10 over par 152. DFL- Dead Freaking Last. A […]

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Drills: Drill Number 6 – Standard Punch Shot

Drills 1-5 have been a lead up to drill number 6 and if you’ve been doing them, filming yourself, and making sure you’re performing them correctly then drill number 6 – the standard punch shot should not be that difficult. Make certain you’ve mastered drills 1-5 before doing drill 6: Drills: Drill Number 1 – The Carry Drill Drills: Drill Number 2 – The Split Hand Punch Shot Drills: Drill Number 3 – The Preset Punch Shot Drills: Drill Number 4 – Preset Punch Shot With Preset Legs Drills: Drill Number 5 – Cut Off Punch With Shaft at 45˚ Participation in The Drills Challenge is strongly encouraged to ensure you’re properly performing each drill. Instructions for The Drills Challenge. […]

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Online Students: David Trungale Part 2

David has been working on lowering, staying deep, and using the ground. He also mentions that he’s concerned about his head moving forward in the backswing and his club twisting at the top. From the videos he’s sent in I see the same things happening. The first thing we take a look at is David’s posture and I use Adam Scott as an example of a setup I’d like him to emulate. I want David to get his weight more towards the balls of his feet and his shoulders further forward with his arms hanging more underneath him. Next we take a look at the twisting of the club at the top and see some good sequencing but a right […]

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Online Students: Shane Barnes

“To give you a flavor of my golf, my best competitive round of the year is 64 (MN State Open qualifier) and my worst was 84 today after shooting 72 yesterday in the MN state Mid-Am. My tournament average this year is 73.5. I’m producing a lot of good golf shots but my bad ones are still costing more than they should.”

As you will see in the lesson, Shane has a good handle on what his problems are. My recommendations include…

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Pro Tip of the Week: Don’t Baby Your Bunker Shots

This Pro Tip of the Week is about not babying your bunker shots. Watch the video to see Rickie Fowler demonstrate it.   The “Pro Tip of the Week” series is short videos of things Tour players do that can benefit your game and lower your score. Pro Tip of the Week videos are free for a limited time period. Please consider becoming a Premium Member today, click here to become one now.   Join the forum discussion on this post

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Playing for Money: Scott Neely

Scott is a former online lesson taker who decided to fly from Dallas to Maryland to spend two days with me at Lakewood. The notes you see following this paragraph are Scott’s observations he wrote down during and after the lessons. You may be wondering why there are so many things listed, and whether or not that constitutes overkill and the dreaded “thinking too much” malady, but remember that we spent 2 full days, about 12-13 hours, hitting balls and playing a bit. Scott had the time to pick my brain about every part of the swing, and while he can’t work on it all at once, I thought it was smart of him to get my ideas on a […]

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